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This site provides information about the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre for the Cultural Precinct in Queen Street Busselton. It is being updated regularly to help you stay informed.


Update 22 July 2021

At its meeting of 23 June 2021, Council declined to accept any tender for construction of the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre, due to tenders coming in over budget. Council have reviewed the design to see where it can reduce costs and now seeks input from the community.

Your view will help the Council decide on how it should proceed with the project. Catalyse Pty Ltd has been engaged to survey the community between 26 July and 9 August 2021, with both a random sample and the opportunity to opt in.

If you would like to know more about the project and options, the following information sessions will be held and all are welcome to attend:

  • ArtGeo Cultural Complex, 1/4 Queen Street, Busselton on:
    • Monday 26 July 11.00am-2.00pm
    • Thursday 29 July 3.30pm-6.30pm
    • Monday 2 August 11.00am-2.00pm
    • Thursday 5 August 3.00pm-5.00pm

  • Naturaliste Community Centre, 21 Dunsborough Lakes Drive, Dunsborough on:
    • Tuesday 27 July 3.30pm-6.30pm
    • Wednesday 28 July 3.30pm-6.30pm


CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY


Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre – Project Overview

A Unique Experience in a Heritage Setting

A multi-functional venue, integrated with the Weld Theatre and ArtGeo Gallery. A place where our community can gather, watch live performances, participate in dance, drama or music recitals, and attend business events, award nights or graduations. A purpose built indoor performance and convention venue capable of hosting large events for over 1000 people, comprising a minimum 600 seat auditorium with retractable seats, and fixed dress circle seats, along with separate multi-purpose studio, rehearsal, break out rooms with capacity to seat 400 in banquet style layout.

Project Objectives

Provide an iconic venue of quality, contemporary design and the latest technologies that will:

  • Create new markets for business in convention, conferences, trade shows and the performing arts.
  • Diversify the City’s events offering and fill the gap in indoor venues to service the winter and shoulder seasons.
  • Enliven the Cultural Precinct, connect the City Centre and Foreshore, act as a catalyst for business growth.
  • Provide a wide range of employment opportunities, from entry level to professional hospitality, catering, events, marketing, administration and the arts.
  • Enrich the lives of our community and its visitors by increasing the spectrum of quality arts and cultural events.

Location

Following extensive consideration of potential sites, the BPACC will be located in the City’s Cultural Precinct Queen Street, Busselton strategically positioned between our town and foreshore.

Proposed Construction Timeframe (subject to change)

2023

Construction Cost Estimates

Tender responses have costed construction between $38 million for the full design to an estimated $33 million for a modified design. Value engineering may see these costs reduced further.

Established Funding

  • Australian Government $10.35 million
  • Loan Borrowings $15 million committed in budget forecasts
  • Municipal Funding including Sale of Mitchell Park Library Site $3.15 million

Options being considered

The City of Busselton seeks to further understand community views about a proposed Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre (BPACC) and the level of investment Council should commit towards its construction.

Council is seeking community views on the following options, in order to guide its decision making:

Option A – Construction of a performing arts and convention centre as per the tendered design.

The facility would comprise of a 625 seat theatre along with rehearsal space and separate multi-purpose break out rooms, backstage areas, dressing rooms, green room, loading bays, ablutions, bar, foyer, box office, and kitchens, over 3 levels.

Option B – Construction of a performing arts and convention centre based on a modified design.

This option would provide the community with a performing arts and convention centre which is smaller in overall size with the second level removed and the double volume foyer reduced to a single level. The facility would retain a 603 seat theatre, with retractable seating, and a multipurpose conference / rehearsal /studio space providing flexibility of use.

Option C – Not proceeding with construction of a performing arts and convention centre at this time.

The City would forgo the $10.35M in federal funding. ArtGeo and the Weld Theatre would continue to function as they are and be the primary arts venue in the City.

To have your say click on the survey link above.

Other Useful Information

On the right you can access a library of documents relating to the Performing Arts and Convention Centre development. This includes the most recent Business Case submitted to both Federal and State Governments seeking further funding for the project, Council and other reports that relate to decision making and a summary of past communication and consultation around the project.

A list of FAQs is also available covering a range of questions - What will the project cost to build and to run? Is this the best time for the City to be taking out a substantial loan? How does this development differ from other performing arts centres across the State? These are all relevant questions and we will continue to update and expand the list.

This site provides information about the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre for the Cultural Precinct in Queen Street Busselton. It is being updated regularly to help you stay informed.


Update 22 July 2021

At its meeting of 23 June 2021, Council declined to accept any tender for construction of the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre, due to tenders coming in over budget. Council have reviewed the design to see where it can reduce costs and now seeks input from the community.

Your view will help the Council decide on how it should proceed with the project. Catalyse Pty Ltd has been engaged to survey the community between 26 July and 9 August 2021, with both a random sample and the opportunity to opt in.

If you would like to know more about the project and options, the following information sessions will be held and all are welcome to attend:

  • ArtGeo Cultural Complex, 1/4 Queen Street, Busselton on:
    • Monday 26 July 11.00am-2.00pm
    • Thursday 29 July 3.30pm-6.30pm
    • Monday 2 August 11.00am-2.00pm
    • Thursday 5 August 3.00pm-5.00pm

  • Naturaliste Community Centre, 21 Dunsborough Lakes Drive, Dunsborough on:
    • Tuesday 27 July 3.30pm-6.30pm
    • Wednesday 28 July 3.30pm-6.30pm


CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY


Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre – Project Overview

A Unique Experience in a Heritage Setting

A multi-functional venue, integrated with the Weld Theatre and ArtGeo Gallery. A place where our community can gather, watch live performances, participate in dance, drama or music recitals, and attend business events, award nights or graduations. A purpose built indoor performance and convention venue capable of hosting large events for over 1000 people, comprising a minimum 600 seat auditorium with retractable seats, and fixed dress circle seats, along with separate multi-purpose studio, rehearsal, break out rooms with capacity to seat 400 in banquet style layout.

Project Objectives

Provide an iconic venue of quality, contemporary design and the latest technologies that will:

  • Create new markets for business in convention, conferences, trade shows and the performing arts.
  • Diversify the City’s events offering and fill the gap in indoor venues to service the winter and shoulder seasons.
  • Enliven the Cultural Precinct, connect the City Centre and Foreshore, act as a catalyst for business growth.
  • Provide a wide range of employment opportunities, from entry level to professional hospitality, catering, events, marketing, administration and the arts.
  • Enrich the lives of our community and its visitors by increasing the spectrum of quality arts and cultural events.

Location

Following extensive consideration of potential sites, the BPACC will be located in the City’s Cultural Precinct Queen Street, Busselton strategically positioned between our town and foreshore.

Proposed Construction Timeframe (subject to change)

2023

Construction Cost Estimates

Tender responses have costed construction between $38 million for the full design to an estimated $33 million for a modified design. Value engineering may see these costs reduced further.

Established Funding

  • Australian Government $10.35 million
  • Loan Borrowings $15 million committed in budget forecasts
  • Municipal Funding including Sale of Mitchell Park Library Site $3.15 million

Options being considered

The City of Busselton seeks to further understand community views about a proposed Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre (BPACC) and the level of investment Council should commit towards its construction.

Council is seeking community views on the following options, in order to guide its decision making:

Option A – Construction of a performing arts and convention centre as per the tendered design.

The facility would comprise of a 625 seat theatre along with rehearsal space and separate multi-purpose break out rooms, backstage areas, dressing rooms, green room, loading bays, ablutions, bar, foyer, box office, and kitchens, over 3 levels.

Option B – Construction of a performing arts and convention centre based on a modified design.

This option would provide the community with a performing arts and convention centre which is smaller in overall size with the second level removed and the double volume foyer reduced to a single level. The facility would retain a 603 seat theatre, with retractable seating, and a multipurpose conference / rehearsal /studio space providing flexibility of use.

Option C – Not proceeding with construction of a performing arts and convention centre at this time.

The City would forgo the $10.35M in federal funding. ArtGeo and the Weld Theatre would continue to function as they are and be the primary arts venue in the City.

To have your say click on the survey link above.

Other Useful Information

On the right you can access a library of documents relating to the Performing Arts and Convention Centre development. This includes the most recent Business Case submitted to both Federal and State Governments seeking further funding for the project, Council and other reports that relate to decision making and a summary of past communication and consultation around the project.

A list of FAQs is also available covering a range of questions - What will the project cost to build and to run? Is this the best time for the City to be taking out a substantial loan? How does this development differ from other performing arts centres across the State? These are all relevant questions and we will continue to update and expand the list.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey provides an opportunity for you to help us bring the City’s rich history and promising future to life in the Busselton Cultural Precinct. 

    We invite you to reflect on the precinct’s former uses and its future potential, complete with a new performing arts centre. We want to capture your ideas, your stories and your vision for this great community space – a space that will welcome a diversity of arts and cultural experiences while bringing economic benefits and tourism to the region.


    Survey closes  Thursday 6 August 2020

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Now is the time to start thinking about what we are going to call our new performing arts and convention centre. What we decide to name this great new community asset is important because it is a reflection of who we are. The name is also important to developing a strong brand identity helping to make a memorable impression and positive emotional connection. Council already has a few suggestions on the table - Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre; BEACH; Saltwater. 

    Perhaps you have another suggestion? Please provide your feedback.

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